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Hike Up Corkscrew Peak (Death Valley)
Timestamp Free: 2020.02.24 - 22:01:19
Ranges: North America Ranges / Great Basin Ranges
  (1 days)     Elevation Gain: 1145m
Participants: Betsy Waddington, Robin Tivy
Difficulty: 2: Easy trail, faint at times
A nice day hike from Death Valley area. Can come down a different route. Various wierd desert plants.
This trip report is a day hike which was part of our California Death Valley Road Trip. After spending the night at Stovepipe Wells Campground, we were looking for an all day easy mountain hike somewhere near Death Valley. The National Geographic map of Death valley showed a black dotted trail going to Corkscrew peak from the Daylight Pass road. The daylight pass road goes into Nevada, but the trail starts part way up, at 2680 feet. Since the peak is 5804 feet, the elevation gain would be 3124 feet (1145 meters) which falls within my definition of an easy hike.

So we drove up the Daylight Pass road, and eventually at about 2680' saw a small pullout and one other car. We did not see any sign as shown in other websites, but figured this was the right place so we started out. The trail started out faint. However after a short while we hit a somewhat more major trail, which may have started slightly higher up. Anyway, we continued up the ridge, following the trail. The peak was continuously in the cloud, so at first we were not sure of the correct peak. When we got higher, the trail got a bit steeper, but well defined. We met one other party near the summit.

[photo]B086_ApprpachCorkScrew.jpg[caption]Typical trail travel near the summit[/photo] Just before the summit, there was a jagged outcrop which for a while looked like the summit, and would have been difficult. But fortunately the trail swung around it and went to a slightly higher more rounded summit. [photo]B087_Outcrop.jpg[caption]The formidible looking outcrop near the summit.[/photo]

At the summit it looked like you could take an alternate route off the north side and swing back around on a lower bench. But we decided to follow the trail back down. However, at about when we got about...

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